Two newcomers sweep GV fire board election

GOLDEN VALLEY - The old guard will get an infusion of new blood with the addition of two newcomers to the Golden Valley Fire District Board of Directors.

Neal Bellew and Marc Fredericks gained the two open seats on the board in the Nov. 7 elections, beating out the incumbent, Lucky Anderson, who had just completed his first four-year term. The other available seat had become vacant with former Chairman Marc Glawson's resignation.

The election results were announced at the GVFD board meeting on Nov. 8 and will become official after the elections department canvasses the results this week.

The fire board set a special meeting to swear in and seat the new directors and to elect new officers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

In other business, the board, except for Anderson, who was absent:

• Tabled revision and adoption of bylaws and rules of procedure for the board, pending a review and input by the County Attorney's Office.

• Tabled a decision about a contractor for the new addition to the board meeting room. Chief Harold Nystedt said there have been no new bids, and it is possible the GVFD board can act as owner/builder and hire subcontractors to do the work.

• Tabled the final draft of a contract for dispatch with River Medical Inc. Nystedt said the company's owner has been out of town.

• Agreed unanimously to allow Alcoholics Anonymous to use the classroom at Station 2 on Egar Road from 7-8 p.m. Thursday evenings. Voting in favor of the motion were board Chairman Steve Galner and members Brad Armey and Vic Colvin.

• Approved paying Rick Vroman $1,600 for a ruby-set, 20-year retirement ring for Brian Harms.

All of the board members expressed disappointment that the stone was smaller than they had anticipated, but agreed they liked the design.

The price included the mold for the ring. Vroman will keep the mold in his possession in case the board decides to order more rings in the future.

• Heard from Nystedt that the county is very close to finishing a flu pandemic plan; that county Planning & Zoning has approved a variance for Station 3 in the Walnut Creek subdivision; and that the department answered 159 calls in October: seven fire calls, 109 emergency medical, one hazardous condition, 33 service calls, one good intent, seven false alarms and one hazardous weather call.

The board's next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the administration offices beside Station 1 on North Mayer Road.

The County Attorney's Office will present a class on the Open Meetings Law for board members and the public at 6 p.m., just before the meeting.

There is no charge for the class, and the public is welcome at all board meetings.